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21/06/2019: PH RETAINS TIER 1 RANKING IN LATEST US TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS REPORT

PRESS RELEASE
WDC-25-2019
20 June 2019

WASHINGTON D.C. –For the fourth year in a row, the Philippines has garnered a Tier 1 ranking in the U.S. Department of State's Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, whose 2019 edition was unveiled by Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on Thursday, 20 June 2019, at the US Department of State.

Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the US President, joined Secretary Pompeo at the Report’s launch ceremony, which included the awarding of certificates to the TIP Report Heroes.

"We are heartened by the fact that the US Government continues to recognize our country’s resolute anti-TIP effort," Ambassador Romualdez said in a statement.

"The Philippine Embassy in Washington, D. C. sustains its cooperation and engagement with US stakeholders in order to communicate our priorities, including the importance with which we consider the role of labor-receiving countries in the fight against human trafficking," the Ambassador added.

The Report, released annually by the US Department of State since 2001, is mandated by the US Congress under Public Law 106-386, otherwise known as “Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (TVPA) of the year 2000”. The TVPA identifies minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking applicable to the government of a country of origin, transit, or destination for victims of severe forms of trafficking.

There are four tier placements signifying level of compliance with TVPA standards, namely, Tier 1 (full compliance), Tier 2 (no full compliance but making significant efforts to comply with standards), Tier 2 Watchlist (no full compliance and absolute number of victims increasing), and Tier 3 (no full compliance, no significant efforts to comply).

The Philippines was upgraded to Tier 1 in 2016.

The 2019 narrative on the Philippines is available here. ###